The recent deadly attack in Israel on a Jerusalem synagogue is clear evidence that the Palestinians do not want peace with Israel. As the leader of a sovereign country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising tough security measures to protect Israeli citizens. Pope Francis is evening commenting on the deadly attack, calling it “unacceptable,” while calling for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.
However, I am convinced now more than ever that peace is unachievable when you have one side that does not really want peace. Peace is a two-way street with a common goal of protecting the natural rights and freedoms of the citizens of each country. The Palestinians continue to condemn Israel for alleged atrocities against the Palestinian people, and rejecting every peace deal that creates two independent nation-states side by side.
Israel bends over backwards to announce to the average Palestinian in the Gaza Strip when they are attacking a specific building to give them time to leave. They attack Hamas Palestinians with pinpoint accuracy, even to their disadvantage, in order to ensure the safety of peaceful Palestinians. Israel would accept peace with the Palestinians in a heartbeat if the Palestinians really wanted it.
President Barack Obama and the international community approach the Israel-Palestine conflict from the perspective that Israel needs to be convinced to forge a peace with the Palestinians. Israel wants peace with all of their Middle East neighbors. They do not need to be convinced of something they want.
On the other hand, the Palestinians are the ones who reject two-state peace solutions that allow Israel to continue to exist. The Palestinians need to be convinced to forge a peace with Israel. Instead of coming to the defense of Palestinians, President Obama and America should be coming to the defense of the only one who wants peace: Israel.
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